The projected track of Tropical Depression Nine has most of Florida in the cone.
The latest update on Tropical Depression Nine has the National Hurricane Center warning Florida residents to begin preparations.
The depression is expected to produce heavy rainfall and instances of flash flooding and possible mudslides in areas of higher terrain in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao," the center reported at its 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, advisory. "Heavy rains are also likely to spread into Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba in the coming days. The depression is expected to approach Jamaica as a tropical storm on Sunday and the Cayman islands as a hurricane on Monday.
"Early next week, the system is forecast to move near or over western Cuba as a strengthening hurricane and then approach the Florida peninsula at or near major hurricane strength, with the potential for significant impacts from storm surge, hurricane-force winds and heavy rainfall," the report stated. "While it is too soon to determine the exact magnitude and location of these impacts, residents in Cuba, the Florida Keys and the Florida peninsula should ensure they have their hurricane plan in place and closely monitor forecast updates through the weekend."
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